What I’ve Been Reading Lately: April 2018

It’s been an unusually slow reading month for me. I only finished three books (though I’m pretty sure I read one more and I just can’t remember which one…it will probably come to me as soon as I publish this post!). That’s probably due at least in part to me falling asleep literally every time I sit down to read lately.  It’s hard to get through many books when you can only read two sentences without conking out.

What have you been reading lately?

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This book has been on my TBR list for a long time. My now 13 year old read it years go and loved it
and she’s been reminding me to read it every since.  Written in first person, from a captive gorilla’s
perspective, it is a quick enjoyable story. Hardships and sadness are intermingled with sweetness
and humor.  It’s not incredibly deep, but that’s to be expected for a protagonist that’s a gorilla.
I really enjoyed it.

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony

This book tells the fascinating true story of Lawrence Anthony who ran an animal refuge in South Africa
and acquired a herd of elephants with a bad reputation.  He developed a relationship with them, won
them over, and taught them how to behave. I’m not a big animal person, we don’t have pets (though
we tried once), but I still found this book delightful.

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I’ve been hearing about this book for months and finally got my hands on the audiobook from our library.
Echo is a novel about 3 young people around the time of WWII and how their lives are touched by
music. The stories intertwine so well, and the writing is simple but lovely. It covers hard topics, but in
a beautiful and approachable way.  I would highly recommend listening to the audiobook
because there is a lot of music included in the story and it really adds to the experience of
reading this book.

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